- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Abridged edition (October 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399165304
- ISBN-13: 978-0399165306
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why Dogs Eat Poop: Gross but True Things You Never Knew About Animals Paperback – Abridged, October 17, 2013
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Like Gould’s Why You Shouldn’t Eat Your Boogers (2013), this is a young-reader version of a similarly titled adult book. It leaves out chapters on sexual topics and some of the rawer content . . . but, no fears, there’s still plenty left to astonish and disgust. In a Q&A format, the authors introduce such memorable creatures as the aptly named Dracula ant, a parrot that was the last speaker of an indigenous language in Venezuela, and a gallery of projectile “power pooers” that includes penguins and hornbills. They also present dozens of animal offensive and defensive strategies (“In tests, the western hooknose snakes were found to fart only when threatened”) and offer speculative but well-reasoned answers for some of nature’s unsolved mysteries, such as the titular canine practice. Simply drawn cartoon critters in chapter openings and preview pages (“Coming up: babies who eat their moms”), along with the lack of back matter, signal this is intended strictly for recreational browsing—but who wouldn’t benefit from knowing that turning a shark upside down will stun it, or that crocodiles will retreat when poked in the eye? Grades 1-4. --John Peters
About the Author
Francesca Gould teaches anatomy and pysiology to students studying health-realated subjects. She has been asked many odd questions in her day. Francesca lives in Bristol, England.
David Haviland is a journalist, ghostwriter, and editor. He lives in England.
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Kids and adults alike can enjoy this together and learn something new.